Most people live in the belief that everything on darknet markets is illegal. Well, most of it is, but not everything. There are plenty of legal items that can be bought on the Dream Market; for example, there’s this nice and very realistic silicone mask that you can wear for the Halloween to have fun with your kids or your wife, or even better – your neighbors.
Anyway, this short guide should help you make the first purchase from the Dream Market.
1. Security above everything else
One can never be safe enough on Deep Web. This place is swarming with frauds and people waiting to rip you off. So, before visiting Dream Market here are some precaution steps for safe and anonymous browsing.
1.1. Get a good VPN
This is the most important step. Many people neglect the fact that Tor isn’t completely secure in hiding your IP and identity. It is still possible to backtrack your IP and physical address even if you are using Tor browser as demonstrated recently when an American University helped the FBI hack Tor and bust some of Darknet Market users. So you need something to mask your real IP address even from Tor, and this is where VPN comes in handy. I cannot stress enough how important it is to use a VPN with Tor, if you don’t then you are just asking to be busted and it will be just a matter of time. When choosing a VPN make sure to choose one that keeps “No Logs” as you don’t want any of your activity logged. Personally I use IPVanish as they do not log anything and they are the best I have found. You can find all the best VPN’s to use for Tor with reviews here. https://dreammarketdrugs.com/BestVPNs
1.2. Tor Browser
In order to enter Dream Market you will have to use Tor Browser. Like any other dark web markets, Dream Market also has the so called .onion domain which can only be accessed via Tor Network.
NOTE: The feds and other Law Enforcement are now monitoring who is downloading Tor browser and building a database. You should turn on your VPN before visiting the Tor website and downloading the browser; this will hide you and stop you from being on the feds radar and on their list.
To download Tor Bundle follow this link to the official Tor website https://www.torproject.org/download/download-easy.html.en.
Tor stands for “The Onion Router” which is a very descriptive way of explaining the way Tor Network works – it basically establishes a multilayer encrypted connection with the purpose to hide your IP address and physical location.
Next thing you will need is a PGP key, which you use to communicate with your vendor. It is never wise to give away your actual address just like that; so what you want to do is encrypt your messages. Because, if the FBI seizes the Dream Market, it’ll be possible for them to see your messages and reconstruct your address; you might end up in trouble even if you are buying something as benign as that silicone mask.
According to many accounts, one of the best PGP clients today is GnuPG and here is the link to the official website https://www.gnupg.org/.
Now in order to buy anything of the Dream Market you need to have the appropriate currency – Bitcoin.
They are anonymous, encrypted and difficult to steal; not impossible, though. You can purchase Bitcoins in a ton of different ways from buying locally by meeting someone or off the internet with a credit card or PayPal. You can find out all you need to know about how bitcoin works and ways to buy and sell bitcoin at http://totalbitcoin.org
There is no need to use Tor while purchasing bitcoins, since they are perfectly legal means of payment. And besides, if you mask the purchase of bitcoin, it may arouse suspicion as to what you need it for.
1.5. Bitcoin Wallet
Naturally, you’ll need a place to store the bitcoins you’ve just bought and that place is your Bitcoin Wallet.
One of the most reliable bitcoin clients is definitely Electrum Wallet, which can be downloaded at https://electrum.org/#home. It is available for all platforms including Android.
2. Making an account
To enter Dream Market just start your VPN, open Tor browser and follow this link http://lchudifyeqm4ldjj.onion/?ai=1675. You’ll notice it has .onion domain which means that it can be accessed only via Tor Browser.
2.1. Registration at the Dream Market
Once you’re there, the first thing you want to do is to register an account. This is a simple, straightforward process very similar to any other website; however, there are a couple of things you need to pay attention to.
• First of all, when choosing the username make sure you opt for something you’ve never used before. The same goes for the password; it has to be unique and complex enough.
• Secondly, choose your PIN carefully too and keep it safe. The PIN is essential for bitcoin withdrawal – you won’t be able to withdraw your bitcoins if you lose your PIN.
• And lastly, keep in mind that captcha is case sensitive, so carefully enter the code you see on the screen.
2.2. Setting up an account
Before going browsing and before you decide on the item you wish to purchase, set up your Dream Market account properly. What this means is to enter your public PGP key into your profile. To do this, simply click on your username and paste the PGP key into the required field. The PGP will enable you to communicate with vendors without compromising your or their anonymity.
3. Shopping procedure
Looking for an item on Dream Market is fairly simple. All you have to do is enter a keyword in the search box, choose the filters, and that’s it!
Finding the right vendor is crucial, and it is recommended to check their reputation before starting a transaction.
So, once you find the item you wish to buy, also check the vendor’s rep – simply click on his username and you will be able to see reviews from his previous customers; the number of transactions and ratings on Dream Market, but also on other markets he linked his account to. You will also see his public PGP key on his profile.
3.2. Depositing bitcoins
Before buying an item of the Dream Market, you’ll have to deposit a certain amount of bitcoins to your account. The general recommendation is to never deposit all available bitcoins at once – just the amount that’s slightly above the cost of the item you’ve had your eye on. This is because Bitcoin rate is extremely unpredictable and you want to have enough bitcoin for your purchase, but not too much for safety reasons.
To deposit bitcoins to your Dream Market account, simply click on your account where you see the 0,00 bitcoin balance. It will prompt you to enter your bitcoin address and you’ll be able to choose the amount you wish to transfer to your account.
NOTE: Never leave bitcoins in your Dream Market account, only deposit when you are ready to purchase something and make sure you make your purchase immediately after you deposit has been credited to your account. This will minimize the risk of you having your bitcoins stolen or lost if the darknet market does an exit scam or is shut down by Law Enforcement (LE).
3.3. Purchasing an item
And now it’s time to actually make the purchase. Enter the number of items you want to purchase and simply click the “Buy” button. It will lead you to a new window where you will have to fill in the form and enter your address.
Make sure you give your valid shipping address and that you have “encrypt message” checked. Click “Order Now.”
3.4. Check the status
You can check the status of your order at any time by clicking on your shopping cart in the upper right corner.
3.5. Finalize the order
After you receive the package, you should mark the order complete. This will release the bitcoins from escrow to the vendor. If you don’t do this within two weeks, the system will finalize it automatically.
If you trust your vendor you can also choose the Finalize Early option (FE). But, this is not recommended because, despite many vendors have excellent reputation on the Dream Market, you can never be sure if your seller will perform an exit scam.
Another important step is to rate your seller. This will help future buyers to make a more informative decision whether to buy from this vendor or not.
If you don’t receive your package on time or receive something other than expected item or if the item you receive is in any way faulty, you can start a dispute. However, it is strongly recommended that you first contact your vendor about the issue, because the chances are that he will go out of his way to make things right. Only after contacting the vendor and if there’s still not a solution to the situation, start a dispute and the staff will try and reach an acceptable solution for both of you.
And this concludes this short guide on how to buy things from Dream Market. We hope you’ll find it useful and we also hope you are fully aware of the risks you’re taking by buying from the darknet market.